It does feel we have been playing catch up for a long while, but finally we have caught up. Back at the top of the pile after last night’s win, and five points clear of Shrewsbury in third, we are now in a great position to clinch promotion.
The victory against Rochdale was pretty comfortable so what did we learn from the performance?
1) Strength in Depth
There was massive concern when Powell went off, but the fact we can have someone like James Vaughan replacing him demonstrates the depth in the squad.
Our no.8 played a crucial role in the second half by scoring the second goal ten minutes after the break, and Dale could not handle the combination play between the substitute and Will Grigg.
2) Massey needs to be given credit
The winger has been in and out of the side in recent weeks after being an established starter for Paul Cook in the first half of the campaign. He turned in a very good display last night, and he was everywhere on the pitch.
In addition to his work rate, our n.11 also contributed in front of goal, having his shot saved by Dale keeper Josh Lillis before Griggsy slotted home the fourth. I think Gavin has won his battle against Ryan Colclough for now.
3) Confidence is high after two convincing wins
Our opponents have been in pretty good form. Keith Hill’s side have been dragging themselves away from the relegation zone in recent weeks, and had put a run together where they had lost just once in eight games before they faced us yesterday.
Yet, despite having to battle a bit in the first half, we came through the test with flying colours in the second period. With nine goals scored since the disappointing defeat to Pompey on Easter Monday, confidence is high, and that loss now certainly looks like a minor blip.
Hopefully we can carry this momentum into the last six games, starting with the match against Rotherham on Saturday.